"Eh, there's some gray area there," he said. "Legally, obviously; ethically, too; psychologically, definitely. Sixteen is post-puberty but still developing.
"But anyway," Doc continued, "let's just talk about general here, not necessarily specifically Mark Foley. So the thing about it is, if you're — not really you, obviously — if you're a pedophile, you're not talking about a mature sexuality. So really, it can't be characterized as gay or straight. It's neither. There's tons of really solid research on this: the primary sexual orientation is 'pedophile.'"
"So there's no way that you can be both?" I said. "But wait a minute. What do you call it, then, when some pedophiles go after boys and some go after girls?"
"A discriminating pedophile," he said.
"Like, I'm discriminating because I'm attracted to brunettes more than blondes?"
"Well, it's a little more chemical than that," said Doc, "but it's actually somewhat along those lines."
"I mean, think about it this way," he added. "Suppose Mark Foley had been caught having sex with a dog. And it was a male dog, so he announced, 'Yes, I'm gay.' Would people go, 'Oh, well that figures?' No! They'd go 'What the hell does that have to do with it? You were fucking a dog!' And that's really what should be happening here."
"Ohh... ," I said. "So it really is just something completely separate from gay or straight."
"It's really not that hard to get your head around, is it?" Doc replied. "Gay and straight are grown-ups who go for other grown-ups. Consenting adults who understand what they're doing. That's normal. Pedophilia? Not.
"So it really gets me that if Foley does something with seriously perverse ramifications, so many people in America will hear it and think he's just 'that crazy queer.' I'm not going to say he's a pedophile or an ephebophile or whatever, because I haven't examined him, but if he is then he's not gay. Let's stop relating them at all."